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Percolate. Brewing ideas with… Lois H. Silverman

The Social Work of Museums

Museum scholar and author Lois H. Silverman joins Percolate 2012 for a discussion of her work The Social Work of Museums (Routledge, 2010).

Museums may not seem at first glance to be engaged in social work. Yet, as a growing body of visitor studies, international practice trends, and compelling examples reveal, museums everywhere are using their unique resources to meet human needs, benefit relationships, and ultimately, repair the world. Informed by social workers, social agencies, and clients, museums are helping people cope and even thrive in a remarkable range of circumstances. What is the growing evidence base for this emerging new age of museum service? How is the field of social work essential to museums in the 21st century and beyond?  Join Lois for an exploration of these questions as we consider the foundations and future of this exciting interdisciplinary practice.   

Lois H. Silverman is an independent scholar, project innovator, and consultant to social agencies and to museums around the world. A leader in the field of museums studies, she is widely known for her research on museum visitors, and for her federally funded Museums as Therapeutic Agents projects. She holds a PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and an MSW from Indiana University School of Social Work. Her previous publications include The Therapeutic Potential of Museums (1998) and Transforming Practice (2000). 

6:30 PM | Doors

7:00 PM | Presentation | Reception to follow

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